Dear Law Students:
Thank you for your interest in becoming a leader within the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
("TIPS") of the American Bar Association. The following important information will assist
you in applying for a position as a Liaison from the Law Student Division to a TIPS Standing Committee
or for a position as a Law Student Vice-Chair of a TIPS General Committee. Being appointed as a TIPS
Liaison or Vice-Chair is an honor reserved for only a handful of law students every year.
We look forward to getting to know you and working with you in the future.
Terry C. Bruner, Esq.
Sherra Van Brunt
Each year, TIPS has four (4) liaisons from the Law Student Division (LSD) to
TIPS Governing Council and Standing Committees. The LSD directly appoints the liaison to TIPS' governing council. (See the
LSD website for a LSD separate application). TIPS, however, appoints the three (3) law student liaisons to its Committee
for Diversity in the Profession, Law in Public Service Committee, and Long Range Planning Committee. Liaisons serve one (1)
year terms beginning at the end of the ABA Annual Meeting. Liaisons are fully funded to attend TIPS meetings, as
TIPS pays or reimburses for airfare, hotel, meals, and related expenses. (Full information and rules will be provided upon
appointment). For this reason, it is crucial for liaisons to attend all meetings for which they are funded, usually three
(3) or four (4) meetings each year. Liaisons also serve as members of the TIPS Taskforce on Outreach to Law Students and
TIPS Law Student Board. Previous service as a TIPS Law Student Vice-Chair is encouraged, but not required, for liaison applicants.
TIPS also appoints one (1) law student to sit as the Law Student Vice-Chair of each of its substantive law committees
(known as "General Committees"). These positions are not funded by TIPS, but vice-chairs are welcome to attend
any TIPS meetings. You may be able to encourage your law school dean or SBA to fund your travel to a TIPS meeting.
Limited scholarship funds may also be available (see the TIPS website for details). Vice-Chairs are not required to attend TIPS
meetings, but attendance is certainly encouraged. Law Student Vice-Chairs are also named members of the TIPS Law Student Board and
invited to business and social events with other TIPS law student leaders. TIPS General Committees currently include the
following: TIPS also now provides for an appointment of a law student to the General Committee Board.
Admiralty & Maritime
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Aviation and Space Law
Commercial Transportation Litigation
Employment Law & Litigation
Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance
Fidelity and Surety Law
Health and Disability Insurance Law
Insurance Coverage Litigation
Intellectual Property Law
Law and Technology
Life Insurance Law
Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law
Medicine and Law
Products, General Liability and Consumer Law
Professionals, Officers, and Directors Liability
Property Insurance Law
Self Insurers and Risk Managers
Title Insurance Litigation
Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
Workers' Compensation and Employers Liability Law
All applications must be received by . . Applications include a copy of your resume.
A one (1) page statement regarding why you are interested in being appointed to a particular TIPS committee is
encouraged. To serve as a liaison or vice-chair, you must join or be a member of the ABA and TIPS. You can join at
anytime before you email your application.
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Please complete the following information.
Should you have questions about the application please call Linda Wiley at 1-312/988-5673
Diversity in the Profession
Law in Public Service
Long Range Planning
I understand that only liaison positions are funded positions within TIPS. If I am appointed to a
liaison position, . I understand
that as a vice-chair, I would not be funded by TIPS, but am welcome to attend TIPS meetings at my own
expense or if paid by my school or another source.
You may include a personal statement of no longer than one (1) page within your resume indicating why you are
interested in applying for a particular position within TIPS or regarding the diversity that you might bring
to our Section.
You must be a member of the ABA and the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (tips) to become a liaison or a law student vice-chair.
To apply for membership in either the ABA ($25/year) or TIPS (FREE for Law Students, visit
*2* To apply for the law student liaison to TIPS' Council, apply through the
Law Student Division at
*3* A full list of TIPS General Committees can be found on the drop down
listing above this application or on the TIPS website
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For enrollment in a committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, simply fill out the
on-line committee application form.
Please note: If you are
already a Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section member, you may join
up to three (3) committees at no additional cost. However, if you are
not a Section member, you must
join the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section first.
If you have any questions regarding
participation in TIPS Committees, please contact Linda Wiley at
or by phone at 312/988-5673.